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Windows 7: Yet another MKV thread - I've read them all...

15 Jun 2010   #41

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by baarod View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ishmael View Post
Need help.

The Problem: FRESH CLEAN install of 7 RC 7100 x64 on a formatted machine.

The ONLY things installed (aside from drivers) is Shark's Windows 7 codec pack v1.1.3 AND NOTHING ELSE (including NOT installed the x64 Vista pack).

I can get video to play fine in WMP12 with Dolby Diigtal output with no problem. The problem is MEDIA CENTER.

I have installed the REG patch (attached for your review). I get the "Windows Media Center cannot find the specified file" error message, with NO PLAYBACK.

What have I done in the past?:

Above, but I've also installed Sharks' x64 vista pack as well. IF I disable AC3 passthru, it will play in MCE, but once I ENABLE AC3 passthru (for Dolby Digital), I get the same error.

What am I looking for?: A replacement for the hair I pulled out of my head. I know I'm missing something simple here, but I've been working on this for a week. I almost pee'd myself when I got WMP12 to play Dolby Digital. Then I hit the roadblock with MCE7. I need guidance. I will reformat this machine again if I have to (although I don't want to...)

Machine specs:

ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe motherboard with AMD X2 processor and 4 gigs of ram, using built-in AC97 (ALC850) audio (Toslink out).

What other info do you need? Please help!!! I've read about 10 threads in 4 or 5 different forums....nobody seems to have the complete answer.

Like I said, I can get video w/o DD audio, or DD audio but no MCE love...

Anxiously awating your help, /b/rothers.

First problem: FRESH CLEAN install of 7 RC 7100 x64 on a formatted machine.
Should read: FRESH CLEAN install of 7 RC 7100 x32 on a formatted machine. With 4GB RAM, the dubious benefits of x64 WILL NOT pay for the membership to Hair Club for Men. Again folks, 64-bit operating systems do not make you cool, they will not improve your love life and they will not provide a trouble-free Windows 7 experience. You are NOT missing out on ANYTHING.

Next problem: The ONLY things installed (aside from drivers) is Shark's Windows 7 codec pack v1.1.3 AND NOTHING ELSE (including NOT installed the x64 Vista pack).
Should read: The ONLY things installed (aside from drivers) is DivX Tech Preview: MKV on Windows 7 DivX Tech Preview: MKV on Windows 7 | DivX Labs - Everywhere Communication Occurs Community Happens AND NOTHING ELSE (includes NOT installing ANYBODY's codec pack).

Now, assuming you do the reformat you're willing to do because 1) I can't help you if you don't as there's no telling how these "codec packs" hack up the system and 2) it only takes 5 minutes: Install Windows 7 FAST without a DVD or USB device You can then direct download the MKV module from DivX without signing up for anything here: Please note that, just because DivX created it does not mean it's a codec so I don't want to hear any burbling about it being some kind of codec pack. It's just a Microsoft Windows 7 Media Foundation NATIVE Matroska (.MKV) Demuxer module. All it does is support the .MKV file format and pass the streams off to the native Media Foundation decoders. You're not mucking around with the completely obsolete DirectShow JUNK that Microsoft had to leave in Windows 7 just to hush the clueless.

As such, it works fine with WMP12, WMC7, extenders, and anything that renders video using VMR9 like:
  • WinDVD
  • PowerDVD
  • PowerCinema
  • Media Player Classic Home Cinema
  • MediaPortal
  • The KMPlayer
  • GOM Player (Quick View Mode)
Of course it works best with third party apps that implement the Enhanced Video Renderer (EVR) provided by Windows 7 Media Foundation.

In exchange for this help I ask only that you promise to help others break their codec pack habit and to evangelize Media Foundation over obsolete technology on Windows 7!
Does this mean I should NOT use VLC Media Player?

My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Yet another MKV thread - I've read them all...

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